The Vocation of Votum

Vocation. We recognize the vocation of the priesthood, of nuns, and of monks. These are “old hat” so to speak. Been around for so long that they’re a given. After Vatican II things seem to have changed a bit in the way or ways folks perceive vocation. And this change, I think, has been a very positive one. Vocation has taken on a broader meaning. The lector at Mass is one example. Being an usher. Being on a call list that helps the parish office pass along needed info (“No Mass in the morning, Father said its supposed to get icy tonight. No broken hips in our parish!”). The list could go on but I think you get my point. A vocation is, simply put, a job God calls you to do. And if He calls you to do it you can bet on one thing … It’s an important position or it wouldn’t need filling. No vocation is “small.” And that’s because God doesn’t do small things. God is great and therefore all of God’s actions are great. Paul talks about vocations and those that seem “small” to us when he describes the various parts of the body and how all are needed for the body, aka the Church, to be complete and functional. If every member of the body was an eye where would the smelling (nose) be? If everyone was a reader who would seat the people coming in? So God gives different jobs, different vocations, to different folks. It’s important to remember that God never asks the impossible of any of us. If He does ask it then He also makes the way. If a persons only phone is a cell phone and their income limits their ability to purchase minutes then He won’t ask them to be one of those folks on the call list unless He gives an increase that allows them to get the money/minutes/phone to do that. I’ve never seen a blind traffic cop. God doesn’t build the Body of Christ that way, or at least I don’t think He does. Maybe I’m wrong but I think God makes an appropriate way in His own way. Having said all that … There are some folks who have limited income, limited mobility, limited talent, limits put upon us as per our health. Hey, we’re human. We have limits. Some more than others. That’s all part of Divine Providence too. God knows best and its ok. But when we have lots of honest limits (Suddenly I’m reminded of Henry David Thoreau’s statement that, “I wouldn’t talk about myself half so much if I knew anyone else half so well.” lol) and it doesn’t look like God’s going to change them anytime soon what are we supposed to do? Whats our vocation, our job, when we can do next to nothing? I believe it gets to be pretty obvious. There is one thing that the priesthood centers on that you needn’t be a priest to do. It kinda out ranks the other things I listed above because without it those other things would be largely unnecessary. And of all jobs it is the one that the world considers to be the biggest waste of time. The world at best gives it lip service, at worst it suffers the disdain of popular thought. Again, a total waste of time and effort. And still it is the most powerful of all vocations. The world has been taught by Satan and his followers to hold it in contempt because the devil fears it so much. It is the vocation that calls people to the priesthood, to the convent, to the mission field, to be a lector or an usher. It is the power that provides the impetus to all of these. And it is God-given. It’s the vocation of votum. Votum is the Latin word for prayer. Had there been only 10 prayerful people in Sodom and Gomorrah God would’ve spared those two wicked cities. It was prayer, a pleading with God the Son, that brought the blind man to Jesus. It was Mary’s prayer, her “Yes” to God, that brought the Savior to the world. It is always prayer that is behind vocation. And it is always God who is behind the vocation of faithful prayer.

Published in: on May 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm  Comments Off on The Vocation of Votum